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20 Aug 2017 description
report Voice of America

Despite being seven months pregnant, Mesno Taha left her home in Harerge, Ethiopia to find peace and a better future. She trekked to the Somali zone of Ethiopia, crossed the border into Somalia and paid to board a boat bound for Yemen.

After traveling 18 hours at sea, she ended up near the shore of the war-torn country.

Taha said that she and over 100 other migrants aboard were told that they had arrived at their destination, despite still being at sea. Armed smugglers forced Taha to jump off the boat into the choppy water while its engine continued to run.

19 Aug 2017 description

Amman, Jordan

Mr. President,

Yemen today continues to traverse a critical and agonizing period as civilians pay a terrible price of an unending power struggle. Those who survive the fighting face death by famine or disease as the economic situation continues to deteriorate and the humanitarian conditions worsens.

19 Aug 2017 description

A la veille de la Journée mondiale de l’aide humanitaire, Filippo Grandi rend hommage aux employés humanitaires qui ont perdu la vie dans l’exercice de leurs fonctions, en venant en aide aux personnes dans le besoin à travers le monde.

Par UNHCR Staff

GENEVE – Le chef du HCR a rendu hommage aujourd’hui « au courage et à la détermination » des travailleurs humanitaires qui risquent leur vie quotidiennement pour apporter une aide aux personnes affectées par les violences à travers le monde, et qui sont souvent eux-mêmes des cibles.

19 Aug 2017 description

SG/SM/18647-OBV/1736

Vous trouverez, ci-après, le message du Secrétaire général de l’ONU, M. António Guterres, à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l’aide humanitaire, célébrée le 19 août:

Chaque année, à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l’aide humanitaire, nous braquons les projecteurs sur les millions de civils de par le monde qui se retrouvent pris dans l’étau de conflits.

18 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Yemen’s cholera caseload exceeds 522,000 new suspected cases and nearly 2,000 related deaths

  • Revised 2017 Yemen HRP appeal requests $2.3 billion for humanitarian response efforts

  • USAID/FFP partner WFP reaches more than 6 million people with emergency food assistance in July

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

18 Aug 2017 description

SG/SM/18647-OBV/1736

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on World Humanitarian Day, to be observed in New York on 19 August:

18 Aug 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12961

SECURITY COUNCIL
8027TH MEETING (AM)

Iran-backed Rebels Blocking Aid Delivery, Deputy Prime Minister Stresses, Pledging Airport Reopening Provided Government Forces Control Security

The “deplorable, avoidable and completely man-made catastrophe” in Yemen continued to worsen and ravage the lives of millions of people facing famine, the world’s largest ever single-year cholera outbreak, daily deprivation and injustice, the United Nations humanitarian affairs chief told the Security Council today.

18 Aug 2017 description

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict (Watchlist) and Save the Children collected more than 37,000 signatures on a petition calling on UN Secretary-General António Guterres to list all responsible parties for committing grave violations against children in Yemen, including the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, in his 2017 annual report on children and armed conflict.

18 Aug 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim

The author is Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug 18 2017 (IPS) - The war in Syria has now entered its 6th year and is becoming the world’s worst man-made disaster.

18 Aug 2017 description

Attacks against health workers in conflict areas are on the rise. According to the World Health Organisation, 979 health workers were injured or killed in attacks in 2016, an increase on the year before. Despite the growing dangers, doctors, nurses and other health care workers continue to brave tremendous risks to treat the wounded and heal the sick. We spoke to four doctors in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria and Yemen to find out what it is like to work in some of the world’s most challenging conflict zones.

18 Aug 2017 description

Mossoul, Alep, Sanaa… Incarnation de la barbarie des hommes, en 2016 et 2017, ces villes ont été le symbole du mépris le plus total de la vie des civils. Le 23 septembre prochain, à l’occasion de sa 23e Pyramide de chaussures, Handicap International dénoncera à nouveau ces pratiques, rappelant que ces atteintes à la vie des civils ne sont pas une fatalité. Dans 29 villes en France, des voix s’élèveront partout pour rappeler aux États leur responsabilité en matière de protection des civils.

18 Aug 2017 description

On the eve of World Humanitarian Day, Filippo Grandi pays tribute to humanitarians who have lost their lives helping people in need worldwide.

GENEVA – UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi today honoured the “commitment and spirit” of humanitarian workers who daily risk their lives to care for those affected by violence worldwide, and who are often targets themselves.

18 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Tens of millions of children caught up in armed conflict must be protected from life-threatening attacks and violence.

Around the world, conflict is exacting a devastating toll on millions of children. With increasing frequency, children are being deliberately and indiscriminately attacked and denied life-saving humanitarian assistance in breach of international humanitarian law. On World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, join the United Nations and its partners in standing together to demand that children are #NotATarget.

18 Aug 2017 description

Our methodology uses 9 indicators, grouped under 3 categories:

  • Access of humanitarian actors to affected population

  • Access of people in need to humanitarian aid

  • Security and physical constraints Each category is measured through proxy indicators, such as violence against personnel, denial of needs, or active hostilities.

Data is collected at the country level and may therefore not show disparities between sub-regions.

18 Aug 2017 description

Geneva – Some 19,088 migrants have returned home voluntarily with assistance from IOM, the UN Migration Agency, from 1 April to 30 June 2017, according to the IOM AVRR quarterly bulletin published today (18/08). These migrants have returned from 81 host and transit countries to 136 countries and territories of origin.